(NOTE: This post was part of a previous domain and comments were not migrated over.) We’re on day # 5 with Gizmo, and so far, we’re doing alright. We’ve decided to take baby steps and celebrate the little accomplishments. This week? We’re just associating us with positive things. We’re not trying to tackle big things, like being able to really walk toward him or using a leash, but instead acclimating him to our presence. We’ve been giving him treats and toys, simply handing him good things as we walk past, and we can actually pet him if he’s approached painfully slowly and already snuggled next to one of the other dogs. 🙂
Baby steps! He’s been sleeping on my legs or between us still – wherever another pup is.
As for the other pups, they’re doing so well. Princess Emmie has been anything but, getting up with me at 3am to stand around in the cold while we wait for Gizmo to potty or helping me corral him anywhere I need him to go by going there first. She’s a bit of a mother hen, always giving him kisses and snuggles, wrestling with him when he’s bouncing off the walls, grumbling him back into place when he grumbles at us. She’s really an asset – even Sean has commented that we probably wouldn’t be able to do this without her help, LOL. I think she’s just very intuitive, and although she gives me plenty of, “Are we really seriously keeping that?” looks, I think she maintains patience because she realizes he’s a little bit damaged and needs the extra love. Bailey is his usual good self, following him when needed and providing a nap buddy. He’s even shared his beloved pillow without so much as a grunt. All in all, we’re doing well. 🙂 Thank you guys for all the positive words – hopefully no one minds if I track his progress on my blog?